A school of bullies

special ed student who recorded classmates bullying him in math class was threatened with wiretapping charges, then convicted of disorderly conduct, reports Ben Swann. The student, a sophomore at a Pennsylvania high school, has been diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, ADHD and an anxiety disorder.

The student and his mother, Shea Love, testified before the magistrate that the boy has been repeatedly shoved and tripped at school, and that a fellow student had even attempted to burn him with a cigarette lighter. . . . He says the bullying treatment is especially harsh and academically disruptive during his special education math class, in which students with behavioral problems are also placed.

The boy has been moved from the special ed math class. No action was taken against the bullies.

Last Chance High‘s second episode introduces “Spanky” Almond, a pudgy boy with a speech impediment, who’s mocked and bullied by classmates at Chicago’s school for emotionally and behaviorally disordered students. Oh, and dad is a murderer who’s out of prison and might resume his abuse of the family.

Why is a kid this vulnerable in a school packed with abusers?

We see an ineffectual science teacher and a compassionate coach.

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Comments

  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Newton’s actual first law: The apple falls straight down. Whose parents would these criminal ‘crats want to deal with?

  2. This is very sad to me. At least the coach is showing he cares for the well being of Spanky. But how can any of these kids, let alone Spanky learn in that kind of environment? That science teacher has absolutely no authority.

  3. Given the names of the schools mentioned, I’m going to bet that most of the bullies and troublemakers have IEPs that prevents punishing them, or even holding them accountable, for their behavior.

    • Undoubtedly. However, an IEP – probably something like “conduct disorder”, “poor impulse control”, poor anger management (IOW, bullies, thugs and wannabees) – should never justify allowing such kids in contact with the “regular” (decently behaved and willing to learn), let alone the vulnerable spec ed kids. Segregate them in s separate locations where they can’t hurt others.